Airlines around the world face the opposing pulls of pilot retirements and escalating air traffic, creating the dilemma of a pilot shortage. In recent months the industry has taken steps to narrow the coming talent gap through “career pathway” and other initiatives, although substantial challenges remain. In its latest forecast, released in July, Boeing predicts worldwide demand for 790,000 pilots, including 635,000 airline pilots, over the next 20 years—double the current ...

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